The Man Who Knew Kennedy Author:Vance Bourjaily Library of Congress Catalog # 67-12691 — This novel is dedicated, inevitably, to the memory of President John F. Kennedy, but it is an oblique sort of monument. If I were a musician, a poet or a sculptor, then I might strike a chord, a stanza, or a stone with which I could try to express my for the subject quite directly. But a novelist's eyes pa... more »rticularly suited to looking at the sun. We are more moles than eagles, at home in the roots and depths of things.
This important novel begins on the day President Kennedy is murdered -- and ends one half year later. In the intervening time, we participate in the lives of a group of people of the President's own generation - specifically, Barney James, the head of a small manufacturing concern in Connecticut; his restless wife, Helen, his good friend, Dave Doremus, a man with the talents and ambitions for career in politics; and Doremus' wife, Connie.« less